This show is currently on sale to our Friends and Members. If you are a member, please make sure you are logged into your account before clicking the Times & Book button to select your seats. To learn more about becoming a Friend, please click here or speak to our Box Office in person or at 01604 624811.

Tickets will be on general sale from 10am on Wed 12 December

By Henrik Ibsen

Adapted by Mike Poulton  
Directed by Lucy Bailey 

“We’re possessed by the spirits of the dead – they’re no longer alive… but they’re moving deep inside ourselves – we can never free ourselves of them.”

A shattering story of the consequences of secrets and lies in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton (A Tale Of Two Cities, Wolf Hall, Imperium). Constrained for years by societal expectations, widow Helen Alving is determined to escape the ghosts of her past but when her son Osvald returns home it is clear that some legacies are impossible to avoid. With secrets kept and lies told, the ghosts of her husband’s actions demand bigger sacrifices now than ever before.

Ibsen’s masterpiece is a damning comment on the morality and hypocrisy of 19th century life and this searing new version asks if much has changed since it was written over 100 years ago.

Helen is played by Penny Downie, whose extensive stage and television credits include Hamlet in the West End and ITV’s Downton Abbey. The production reunites Mike Poulton with director Lucy Bailey who has delighted Royal audiences with her productions of Gaslight and Love From A Stranger which was recently nominated for the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production.


There will be a post show talk back on Monday 29 April 

Apr 19
May 19
Venue: Royal
Age: Recommended for ages 11+, at parents' discretion. Contains themes of a sexual nature.
Duration: TBC
  • Audio Described
  • Captioned
  • Pre-show Touch Tour
  • Signed